Chowdhury was convicted on charges of torture, rape and genocide during Bangladesh's independence war against Pakistan, while Mujahid was found guilty on charges of genocide, conspiracy in killing intellectuals, torture and abduction. The families of Chowdhury and Mujahid met them for the last time inside the Dhaka Central Jail on Saturday evening before the planned executions, authorities said.
Dhaka has reacted sharply to a statement from Islamabad on Sunday's execution of two "war criminals" and summoned the Pakistan high commissioner in Bangladesh for lodging a formal protest. The former Bangladesh Jamaat secretary general, who was a cohort of the Pakistan Army during the 1971 Liberation War, was given the death sentence by the Supreme Court for having masterminded the killing of Bengali intellectuals shortly before the war ended.
Reports suggest that Russia is taking its role as a mediator in the Syrian conflict quite seriously, as a Russian document circulating at the United Nations (UN) proposed a constitutional reform process in Syria. A group of Syrian pro-government fighters walk in the village of Sheikh Ahmad near the Kweyris military air base, east of the Syrian province of Aleppo, Tuesday.
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said a meeting with his political party, the Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Laban (PDP-Laban), was set to formalize his presidential bid for 2016. Duterte stressed he had nothing against Poe, but laws should be followed, not bent, to accommodate a candidate whose citizenship is under question.
According to the reports, the group consists largely of non-Syrian migrants , hailing from countries that Macedonian authorities deem not war-stricken such as Morocco, Algeria, Iran, Pakistan, Tunisia, Bangladesh and others. Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov said the checkpoint at the country's Gevgelija crossing had "become a bottleneck for migrants and refugees" where "security risks are increasing".
We know and bear in mind that there is also a risk of chemical or bacteriological weapons, Valls told parliament. It speaks to the magnitude of the problems in the Middle East that we have three different people with three different worldviews and three different immediate political goals coming up with essentially the same plan to this latest terrorist threat - more or less, the status quo.